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Address: Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8956 7460
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This national park whose name, Watarrka, comes from the Aboriginal word...

This national park whose name, Watarrka, comes from the Aboriginal word for the umbrella bush, is best known for the spectacular sheer walls of Kings Canyon. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, cliffs, rockholes and gorges and is a must see attraction of central Australia. Please note that in hot weather forcast to be 36 degrees celsius and above, there are access restrictions to some walks.

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Certainly worth a visit, lots of small but interesting places, walks canyons, views, roadhouses, all add up to an unmissable outback experience. Although we hired a 4 wheel drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Durham, United Kingdom

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly worth a visit, lots of small but interesting places, walks canyons, views, roadhouses, all add up to an unmissable outback experience. Although we hired a 4 wheel drive and felt using the dirt roads added to the experience I would still recommend it even if by tour bus.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We have been to Watarrka three times now, and done the Rim Walk three times. This is a special place and worth spending time in. Kings Creek Walk is a lovely little intro to the region if you arrive in the afternoon, and then the Rim Walk is just wonderful. Once you do the steep climb at the beginning -... More 

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Donvale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We entered from Larapinta Drive then out via Luritja Rd on our way to Yulara. This is the home of Kings Canyon & the Kings Canyon Resort. Brilliant scenery, so much more spectacular than following the main roads from Alice Springs.

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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We did the rim walk after the invigorating climb at the start. It was breathtaking and well worth the two or three hours it took. Just one major disappointment, we had driven many hours to get there from Uluru and were very surprised to find no facilities there. We were expecting to get food for lunch on the walk at... More 

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Nerang, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

If you are either visiting Alice Springs or Uluru-Kata Tjuta, you must include Watarrka National Park. It is a remarkable & magical place and would recommend at least one night here. There is several walks you can do + it is a great place to relax and unwind. There is no phone reception out here - so you really do... More 

Thank GCPurple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We went to King's Canyon after Uluru-Kata Tjuta and were very glad we did so. Amazing place. We took the Rim Walk with a detour to complete King's Creek and completed the track in 3 hrs 15 mins while stopping to take pictures along the way. The first half of the rim walk was the wonderful part up till the... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

It would be a shame to drive all the way to Uluru, and not take an extra few days to visit Kings Canyon, now known as Watarrka National Park. There is no camping in the park; the nearest place for campers is Kings Canyon Resort. If a couple should happen to be there on their anniversary, then the resort's Under... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Biodiversity hotspot of the Centre - Western Desert, Simpson Desert, and Macdonnell systems overlap, creating diversity of flora and fauna. Rim Walk, 3-4 hours, gives spectacular views of the canyon, the broad landscape, and if you are fortunate, animals and birds, and much insight into the amazing geomorphology of the area. For the adventurous the Giles Walk of 22 km... More 

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Bielefeld, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you travel to Outback visiting Ayers Rock and the Olgas you should not miss the Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Located about 300 kilometers north of Ayers Rock it is really worth a visit. The street is in a very good condition and you can easily make the route within 3 hours. Enjoy the beautiful landscape with the... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We visited Kings Canyon as part of a 3 day outback tour with Emu Run Tours (highly recommend the tour). The canyon rim hike (approx 6 km return/ 3 hours) was a high point of the tour for us. The first climb is a bit of a challenge, but the photo opportunities from the top are well worth the effort.... More 

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